Classic Cashew Cheese

By McKel Hill
February 14, 2014

Author Notes: Classic cashew cheese is a delicious, thick, and creamy cheese spread that's made from only vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free ingredients. McKel Hill

Makes: 1 1/2 cups

  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons white wine
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  1. Soak cashews in 1/4 cup of water for about 20 minutes to 1 hour.
  2. Add all ingredients to a high speed blender or food processor.
  3. Blend until thick and creamy.
  4. Use at room temperature or chill for at least 20 minutes.
  5. Store in an airtight mason jar or container for up to 1 week.
  6. Enjoy!

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Reviews (21) Questions (1)


GRACE March 2, 2017
I made this today, it is pretty good it more of spread to me. As all recipes it a matter of what flavor you like I added sea salt am little pepper to get it little closer to cheese taste. I had a cashew cheese at a LA restaurant it was really out of this world great.
Sherri S. March 12, 2014
Except for the wine and the lack of almond milk, this is nothing more than Dr. Joel Fuhrman's cashew ceasar salad dressing.
karen March 12, 2014
can you freeze it?
Amalie March 12, 2014
Creamed cashews add a hint of dairy to many foods. That's why cashews are used in Indian vegetarian cooking. 7th Day Adventist cookbooks also have a cashew-tofu cheese spread recipe.
kimberly.godwin March 10, 2014
This. Is. Delicious. Love it!!! Made it yesterday. It's almost gone. I think I need to make a double batch next time.